Welcome 2021

Welcome from…


Mary Scott our Festival Co-Ordinator

Mary Scott

Welcome to the Second Virtual Edinburgh International Harp Festival!

After a challenging year for us all, I hope you’ll find some joy and happiness in this, our 40th Festival: disappointing as it is that, once again, we’re not able to meet and greet you at our lovely venue, Merchiston Castle School.  We’re in celebratory mode because our parent body, The Clarsach Society, also has a significant anniversary and this is reflected in Jenny Proudfoot’s beautiful, symbolic 40/90 artwork.

From the comfort of your own home enjoy watching performers filmed in far-flung countries such as Paraguay, the States, Germany and Italy as well as the four home nations.  This is a shorter version of the customary live event but nevertheless you can choose from a tempting selection of workshops and a wide range of courses for all abilities.

We always appreciate the huge ongoing support we receive from our sponsors, funders and supporters.  Thank you all for continuing to stand by us in these difficult times.

Please check out our merchandise to indulge in some retail therapy when you purchase a memento of this unique 40/90 event.

Happy Harping everyone and I look forward to the time we can all meet again.


Charles Hope, Convenor of The Clarsach Society

Welcome to the 40th Edinburgh International Harp Festival, which is being held in the 90th year of The Clarsach Society.  And a pretty unusual event it’s turning out to be. 

Last year, a virtual Festival had to be arranged at very short notice. Since then the organising team has been hard at work preparing for another virtual festival.  The team has striven to ensure we continue to offer our usual excellent range of events.  And in so doing, we are proud to continue our support for some of the many musicians who have been impacted by lockdowns and social distancing of audiences.

For me it’s been a very strange year. I was elected as Convenor of The Clarsach Society at a Virtual Annual General Meeting, by people I hadn’t seen for, in most cases, nearly 2 years.  But Zoom video meeting has proved itself to be a wonderful system for meetings; and it’s going to prove invaluable for the 40th Festival, too.

Some of the regular Festival attendees  might have come across me running the Late Night Sessions Bar.  I’ve also been part of the Festival Orchestra.  Having been born and brought up in the City, the Festival is, for me, always a “homecoming”.

We look forward to welcoming you online in April; and, when we can finally gather together again in person, to welcoming you “home”.